Language Activity: Time For Some Multilingual Spying!

by Corey · 4 comments

Do you know about the game, “I Spy”? It is a great game to encourage your children to use your language (or at least to get your children listening to it)!

You basically describe something that you can see from where you are standing or sitting. For example, “I spy with my little eye something blue. It has a handle and I usually drink coffee from it.”

Your children then try to guess what you are speaking about. When they figure it out, either it is the next person’s turn or you can keep being the one to “spy” things. Of course, if your children choose to take turns being the one who “spys” things, encourage them to do so in your language.

For younger children, you can look right at the thing you are talking about to help them figure it out more quickly and so they won’t get completely discouraged. And it could be that they won’t want to be the one to “spy” anything. That is ok.  If they are having fun listening to you describe things and enjoy trying to figure it out, then they are hearing you speak in your language and they are picking up the words that you are using.

You can do this game while walking, eating dinner, playing at the park, hanging out in the back yard.  Do this today right where you are!  Have fun!

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Maria H May 27, 2010 at 10:34 pm

I spy… in Spanish “veo veo” and one of our favorite and most versatile games. I have also changed it to use the other senses depending where we are. “I hear” is also easy to play when out and about or when you want to slow things down at home. Amazing how you can stretch your listening skills, your vocabulary and invite calm when you really focus on only what you can hear. And, like you said, great because you can play it with all ages and adjust the difficulty as needed.

I know what our breakfast game will be….
Maria H


2 Corey May 29, 2010 at 5:15 pm

Great idea with the “I hear”!!


3 Rossella May 27, 2010 at 11:31 pm

“Io vedo con i miei occhietti, io vedo….” we play this game in Italian a lot in the car mostly to keep the kids occupied… I never thought about modifying it to “I hear” but I will try that too, that’s a great idea!
We also do the “Here comes a load full of …… A”…. the kids have to come up with a word that starts with that letter.


4 Corey May 29, 2010 at 5:18 pm

Oooh, I like that one too. Is the idea that you say “Here comes a load full of A” and they come up with things like “ants, animals, air”? I’d love to add that as a separate activity (and attribute it to you, of course!).


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